Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Abdoulaye Diallo will leave the club this summer after just a single season at the City Ground.

The Senegalese stopper has failed to make an appearances for the Reds and will go down as one of the more bizarre signings in recent history.

The Athletic claims that his contract won’t be extended during the summer.

Diallo has been on the bench just once for the Forest senior ranks, earning a call up in March when Brice Samba

Diallo joined Forest from Rennes.
Diallo has proved a strange Forest signing; Photo; JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD; AFP; Getty Images

Other than that, he’s been used in the under-23 ranks and trained with the Forest first-team.

The signing of Diallo is an indication of the erratic approach in the transfer market and some lessons need to be learned.

What’s gone wrong for Diallo?

This is unclear. He was signed by Sabri Lamouchi as a player he knew from their time at Rennes together.

During his time with the Ligue 1 outfit, he was a favourite of the former boss.

He was expected to provide quality competition for Samba.

Interestingly few questioned the signing, seeing it as a positive step that the club were adding an experienced goalkeeper.

Diallo has experience playing with Le Havre, Caykur Rizespor and Genclerbirligi.

 

It hasn’t worked out though and it’s back to the drawing board for Chris Hughton.

What next for Forest?

A decision will have to made on the goalkeeping situation in the summer.

Jordan Smith is now 26 and could opt to leave in search of regular first-team football.

If he does, that would leave Samba as the only senior goalkeeper at the club.

Forest have high hopes for George Shelvey, although it would be a huge risk to place him as the immediate backup to the Congolese goalkeeper.

As a result, Hughton could enter the transfer market.

Is this another blemish on the club’s recruitment?

Nothing against Diallo but you have to say it is.

For an experienced player to be signed as the third choice is nonsensical.

Diallo has failed to make a Forest appearance.
Diallo has failed to make a Forest outing; Photo; Jean Catuffe; Getty Images

Forest could have used a youngster, possibly Shelvey or Jordan Wright as third choice and the wages spent on Diallo could have gone elsewhere.

The Reds have to stop wasting money with their haphazard approach to the transfer market going forward.

Lamouchi may well have wanted Diallo but now the pressure is on Hughton to get it right this summer.

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